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Engineer/Analyst, Clean Vehicles Program – Washington, D.C.

Organization: Union of Concerned Scientists

Position Title: Engineer/Analyst, Clean Vehicles Program

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. For candidates who meet all position requirements, the salary is in the high $50,000s.

Application Deadline: March 27, 2013.

Posted On: March 1, 2013.

Organization Overview:

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with citizens across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 400,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our members understand that scientific analysis—not political calculations or corporate hype—should guide our efforts to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

Our experts work on some of the most complex and daunting problems in our history: stemming the tide of global warming, finding sustainable ways to feed, power and transport ourselves, and reducing the threat of catastrophic war. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet.


The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the leading science-based organization at the center of today’s most exciting and important policy debates, seeks an individual to work with a top-notch, multi-disciplinary team in our Clean Vehicles Program to advance sound transportation policy to cut oil use and protect public health. UCS is seeking an engineer/analyst to conduct research and analysis focused on solutions that save oil and reduce emissions and related technology and policy issues. Candidates must have a background in vehicle and fuel technology and transportation or petroleum policy and excellent written and oral communication skills.


The Engineer/Analyst will help lead UCS efforts to evaluate potential transportation and petroleum sector policy and technology solutions to cut projected US oil use in half within twenty years and significantly reduce related pollution.

The person in this position will

  • generate reports on oil use and savings; vehicle emissions, fuel economy, and related technology; develop related policies;
  • serve as a technical expert to media, government and key allies;
  • provide technical information and expertise through written materials and public speaking;
  • actively promote promising legislation and regulations at federal and state levels;
  • assist in developing and contributing to campaigns on key oil and transportation-related issues.


This position requires two to four years of related experience for candidates with a master’s degree in a related field or five to seven years with a bachelor’s degree. Candidate must have interest in communicating technical issues to a non-technical audience through written products and presentations. Candidate should have knowledge of the transportation or oil sector, including vehicle and fuel technology, infrastructure, and industries. Candidate should have familiarity with current oil and transportation issues and their ramifications on politics, society, the environment and economy. Position requires an interest and aptitude for understanding public policy aspects of transportation, oil, and related climate issues and the role of technical analyses and advocacy in shaping public opinion and policy debates.

Applicants must have strong quantitative and research skills; strong writing and verbal skills; proficiency with spreadsheet and word processing software; ability to write well for scientific and general audiences; familiarity with economics and public policy; and a team orientation. Direct experience with stock and flow models, engineering economic models, and input-output models is preferred.

How to Apply:  Please submit a cover letter, a technical writing sample and a general audience writing sample if available, salary requirements, how you learned about the position and resume via email to and include “Engineer/Analyst” in the subject line. Email materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please.

Contact Information: 

Union of Concerned Scientists,

1825 K Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20006

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